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Electrophysiological analyses of human dorsal root ganglia and human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived sensory neurons from male and female donors

bioRxiv. 2023 Nov 5:2023.11.03.565343. doi: 10.1101/2023.11.03.565343. Preprint.


Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived sensory neurons (hiPSC-SNs) and human dorsal root ganglia (hDRG) neurons are popular tools in the field of pain research; however, few groups make use of both approaches. For screening and analgesic validation purposes, important characterizations can be determined of the similarities and differences between hDRG and hiPSC-SNs. This study focuses specifically on electrophysiology properties of hDRG in comparison to hiPSC-SNs. We also compared hDRG and hiPSC-SNs from both male and female donors to evaluate potential sex differences. We recorded neuronal size, rheobase, resting membrane potential, input resistance, and action potential waveform properties from 83 hiPSCs-SNs (2 donors) and 108 hDRG neurons (9 donors). We observed several statistically significant electrophysiological differences between hDRG and hiPSC-SNs, such as size, rheobase, input resistance, and several actional potential (AP) waveform properties. Correlation analysis also revealed many properties that were positively or negatively correlated, some of which were differentially correlated between hDRG and hiPSC-SNs. This study shows several differences between hDRG and hiPSC-SNs and allows better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of both for use in pain research. We hope this study will be a valuable resource for pain researchers considering the use of these human in vitro systems for mechanistic studies and/or drug development projects.

PMID:37961669 | PMC:PMC10635102 | DOI:10.1101/2023.11.03.565343

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